What are the benefits and risks of pork consumption?

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Pork is a good alternative to beef, because it is lean as well as low in fat (and lower in calories). It also has a number of important nutrients such as B6, B12, thiamine, and riboflavin. Pork also contains high amounts of other nutrients such as iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and...

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Pork is a good alternative to beef, because it is lean as well as low in fat (and lower in calories). It also has a number of important nutrients such as B6, B12, thiamine, and riboflavin. Pork also contains high amounts of other nutrients such as iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and protein. Pork also tastes good to many people. Now the question is: are there risks? Trichinosis is a possible disease that can be contracted. However, to be fair, this disease is still pretty rare in people. Also, cooking the pork very well reduces this problem.

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The answer to this will, of course, depend on who you ask.  The pork industry, for example, will typically discount the claims made by scientists who argue that red meat is unhealthy.  Since I am not a scientist, I don't know who's right.

The major benefit of pork consumption (or any other meat consumption) is that it provides protein.  This is very important for a healthy diet.  Pork is a relatively good way to get protein because pigs are more easily kept than, for example, cattle.

The risks of pork consumption are largely the same as those of eating meat in general.  Pork can help lead to clogged arteries, heart disease, etc.  In addition, there is also the potential danger of trichinosis if the pork is not properly cooked.

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